Details of Play Pass were discovered in a Play Store APK teardown in June this year by XDA Developers. Meanwhile, Google was spotted asking questions about a subscription service for apps in an app store via the Google Opinion Rewards programme
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Subscription services looks to be the future of consuming content. Be it TV shows and movies through services like Netflix, Prime Videos, Hotstar and more to games through services like Xbox Game Pass and now it looks like smartphone apps may go the same way. Information circulating the internet suggests that Google is working on an app subscription service for Google Play. The subscription service is expected to be called Play Pass and there is no official information about it from Google. The first traces of the service were found by XDA Developers in a Play Store APK teardown in June this year. At the time it was noted that the service could be a subscription service for paid apps available on the Google Play Store.
In the meantime, a survey conducted via the Google Opinion Rewards programme asked how users would like a subscription service offering “hundreds of dollars’ worth of paid apps and games for a monthly fee." No app store was named for this, but one can guess that Google is looking to understand users’ interest in a service like this. Once again, there is no official information from Google about such a service.
Hatch Entertainment is a service that gives users access to a library of paid games on their Android devices for a monthly fee. The service lets users stream games, which means that to play the games, you will need to be connected to the internet. Just like Netflix, the service will keep updating its library of games ever so often to keep the experience fresh. You can read more about Hatch entertainment here.
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